Swallow Awareness Day 2019

13/03/2019

A swallowing difficulty is called Dysphagia. Dysphagia can affect the foods and drinks you can take comfortably and safely. It is a serious issue with potential life threatening consequences and can result in choking, chest infections, pneumonia, dehydration, malnutrition and weight loss.

Did you know that that anyone, at any age can experience a difficulty swallowing? Estimates suggest around 22% of the general population have dysphagia and these numbers are even higher in the elderly and those with conditions such as Stroke, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Respiratory and many other conditions.

If you have dysphagia one of the most important things you can do is keep your mouth clean by regular tooth-brushing and cleaning of  dentures and the inside of the mouth.

Speech and Language Therapists play an important part in the diagnosis and management of Dysphagia . Speech and Language Therapy along with other members of the multidisciplinary team support and enable those affected with Dysphagia to eat and drink safely to access adequate nutrition and hydration balancing risk factors with quality of life, while taking into account preferences and beliefs.

If you would like more information on Dysphagia the following websites are very useful:

www.rcslt.org                                                                                      

www.givingvoice.org/swallow-awareness-day

 

To mark Swallow Awareness Day on 13 March 2019, the South Eastern HSC Trust’s Speech and Language Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Dietitians, hosted an information stand in Lisburn City Library, to raise awareness of people who experience Dysphagia.